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Remove & Prevent Moss in Lawns.

Remove & Prevent Moss in Lawns.

TrendingRemove & Prevent Moss in Lawns. Remove & Prevent Moss Infiltration in Lawns. Identify the root cause of Moss infiltration. Moss is a combination of shade, acidity, compaction, and moisture. Moss must be removed for best results. The layer of moss covering the soil must be removed in some fashion before attempting repair and/or seeding. What Causes Moss to Grow? Four factors contribute to Moss growth. 1.Highly acidic soil creates a favorable environment for Moss. 2.Excessive moisture promotes the fungal growth responsible for Moss. 3. Compaction affects grass root development, thereby allowing shallow rooted Moss to out-compete it. 4. Shade is another factor that affects grass vigor, and promotes out-competition for growth. How to Remove Moss in Lawns. 1. Use a metal rake, thatcher, or shovel to remove the top 1-2″ of sod with moss layer. 2. Aerate using a core plugging machine or tow behind tool. 3. Apply lime at a high rate. Ususally about 50 lbs per 1,000 square feet. 4. Apply new top soil, loam, or soil/sand mix. Apply seed to this new soil and rake lightly. 3. 4. Shade is another factor that affects grass vigor, and promotes out-competition for grow How to Prevent Moss From Forming. 1. Maintain tall tree & shrub growth to allow proper sunlight penetration and ventilation. 2. Test your soil and apply Lime regularly to maintain a pH between 6.5-7. 3. Prevent over watering and pooling of rain near slopes. Watch for water drippage from heavy tree canopies or gutter spouts. 4. Aerate once to twice yearly to prevent compaction and promote grass root growth. Join my email list By...
Wood Mulch Versus Stone in Garden Beds.

Wood Mulch Versus Stone in Garden Beds.

Whether renewing an existing bed, or creating a new landscape area, mulch selection is paramount for successful gardens. Terrain, sunlight exposure, and plant selection will be your guiding factors when deciding to use rock or mulch for your garden beds. TrendingWood Mulch Versus Stone in Garden Beds. Terrain Slope and runoff will determine how much of your installed material will remain in place during rain and wind. Stone is a much better option in high-grade slopes due to resistance to erosion. Mulch is still a great option in moderate sloping areas, especially with a retaining wall or some type of edging. Drainage You may be “inclined” to automatically associate terrain with drainage. Just having an incline isn’t the whole picture of drainage. Also, many garden beds are built on flat areas. Mulch does have decent ability to retain and drain water, however stone is a hard material with plenty of space for water movement. If you you have an area that pools water in your garden, you may find your mulch consistently developing fungus. Maintenence Both stone & mulch have their pros and cons when it comes to maintenance. Mulch is a loose material that can be blown or raked away more easily during leaf removal. Stone however does get dirty, moved around, and is more difficult and expensive to replace. Stone can also cause growth and root spreading concerns to specific types of plants. Read here for a list of suggested plantings in rock gardens. Subscribe to Our Blog for More Articles Like This Delivered to Your Inbox Join my email list By clicking submit, you agree to...
Keep Birds & Wind From Ruining Newly Planted Grass Seed

Keep Birds & Wind From Ruining Newly Planted Grass Seed

Using seed to repair an existing or install a new lawn can be an affordable, effective alternative to sod. However, there are some things that can impede your efforts for that seed to remain in place for germination. Here we describe some techniques to ensure grass planting success in your lawn. TrendingKeep Birds & Wind From Ruining Newly Planted Grass Seed Hay Mulch Protecting grass seed from animals and wind is a tricky task, many other materials would provide effective cover, but also prevent water and sunlight penetration. Hay is a time-proven mulch cover that allows water and heat to blanket seeds into germination. In our experience, the more hay mulch used, the better the results. Although it is possible to cause fungus growth from excess moisture, if too much is used. After spreading and raking in seed, simply apply hay at a 2-4″ depth, and water as recommended. As seeds germinate, the new plants will push the mulch away and eventually the hay will be blown away by the wind. Bird Feeder Create an alternative option to your grass seed buffet by using a bird feeder set away from your planting area. Keep in mind, animals, including squirrels, will return to a known food source regularly. So make sure to keep their “pantry” filled, so they remain distracted from your new lawn. Visual Scare Tactics Seed thieves are usually small in size, and can be deterred by anything bigger then themselves. You can always try the age-old fox decoy, or even a scarecrow. Hanging a CD or DVD on a string can create startling reflections, but requires a...
Tips For Pruning Your Plants & Shrubs.

Tips For Pruning Your Plants & Shrubs.

Spring is a great time to start planning for your summer pruning, trimming, and/or shearing of your shrubs. But what method is best for your landscape? Knowing the best method to prune and trim is critical! Pruning a plant at the wrong time of year or in the wrong way can cause irreparable damage to your landscape. For example, it is more than okay to trim knockout roses with power shearers. But, if you do this to a long-stemmed rose variety, like a grandiflora, floribunda, or hybrid tea rose, you’ll ruin the plant! With that in mind, let’s define some terms… Shrub Trimming Normal shrub trimming involves using electric or gas-powered shearers to trim shrubs. This often gives your landscape a more uniform and even appearance. It is also the fastest and most efficient way to trim many shrubs. You should discuss with your landscape professional to determine if this method is right for you as shearing is not advised for some plant species. Hand Pruning Hand pruning involves selectively cutting individual stems to give your shrub a more natural shape. This service is performed with a pair of hand pruners, which look a little bit like a pair of scissors. New growth is removed to maintain its natural shape, one snip at a time. Although more time consuming and costly, this is the best option the long-term health of your plants. Hand pruning is also used to naturally thin a plant to improve air circulation and light penetration. This method is also used for topiaries (trimming a shrub into a specific shape). When trying to maintain that nice...
What History Do St. Patrick’s Day, Clover, & Wood Sorrel Share?

What History Do St. Patrick’s Day, Clover, & Wood Sorrel Share?

On this day we celebrate like we are all Irish, not only because of the great beer and food, but there’s always the feeling of Spring’s arrival in the air. The question you may be asking yourself is “How in the heck does this holiday have anything to do with lawns or lawn care”. Well, you have the luck of the Irish today, me laddie! (Leprechaun voice attempted there). Because here we will describe and connect the history of St. Patricks Day, Clover, & Common Wood Sorrel. It’s sure to become the type of useless knowledge that flows freely at the table after a few drinks. “Never iron a four leaf clover because you don’t want to press your luck!” According to History.com “St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century’. The legacy of St. Patrick is often mixed between lure and religious history. One story dictates that he was responsible for bringing Christianity to the country. Other more fantastic stories of the saint describe him as banishing all the snakes from the country, thereby clearing it of all evil. One interesting contradiction to this myth is that scientists now believe that there were never any snakes, or reptiles for that matter, in Ireland. Also Green wasn’t the original color used to honor the saint, up until the 19th century it was Blue! TrendingTips For Pruning Your Plants & Shrubs. Photo by Burst on Pexels.com Clover is a very common lawn “plant” that grows in almost all climates. The term “plant” is used because the debate over whether it...